Elmiron is the brand name for the drug Pentosan. Doctors prescribe the medication to treat interstitial cystitis. This condition is more commonly known as painful bladder syndrome or bladder pain syndrome.
Patients often take Elmiron continuously for years or decades. The drug is a weak blood thinner and works as a bladder protectant to treat bladder discomfort.
The drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1995. The popularly prescribed medication has sales of more than $150 million a year. Contact an Elmiron lawyer today to see how we can help you file a claim and receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.
What are the Side Effects of Elmiron?
Like all prescription medications, Elmiron has some known side effects, including:
- Bruising and discoloration of the skin.
- Stomach issues, including diarrhea.
- Digestive problems, including gastroesophageal reflux.
- Dizziness and headaches.
- Skin problems, like rashes.
- Problems with sleeping.
These side effects are problematic and frustrating, but not as life-changing as a loss of vision.
Recent studies have shown that the use of Elmiron can lead to vision damage and blindness. It is important to keep track of any side effects you have experienced from Elmiron so that you can discuss them with your attorney.
In 2018, researchers at the Emory Eye Center at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta alerted the public that taking Elmiron is linked to the retinal condition, maculopathy.
Nieraj Jain, M.D., of Emory Eye Center in Atlanta, Ga., reported that six patients who had been taking Elmiron for about 15 years had developed unusual changes in their macula.
The researchers investigated the complete medical histories of the patients to determine if other medical conditions, like diabetes, caused the condition. However, the only common link for these patients was the long use of Elmiron.
Dr. Jain and his colleagues then warned the flag that long-term use of Elmiron may damage the retina. This could lead to vision loss and permanent blindness.
Other medical studies have resulted in similar findings that Elmiron is linked to maculopathy and other eye damage diseases.
Maculopathy or macular degeneration is painless. The initial symptoms include distortion of images. Examples are if an object looks deformed or smaller than its actual size.
As the disease progresses, symptoms include:
- Impaired vision.
- Total loss of vision, or blindness.
- Difficulty reading.
- Difficulty adapting to dim lighting, especially night vision.
- Vision disturbances or distorted vision.
- Eye discomfort and pain.
Several medical studies have found that long-term use of Elmiron has been linked to vision problems and blindness, including maculopathy.
Maculopathy is a condition that affects the macula. This is the central part of the retina responsible for delivering highly sensitive, accurate vision.
The retinal condition is characterized by a progressive loss of central vision. It usually affects both eyes and impairs vision function.
The form of macular degeneration attributed to taking Elmiron is called “pigmentary maculopathy of unknown etiology.”
The pharmaceutical company did not provide a warning label that the drug could cause blindness and other vision problems. In fact, it had no warnings.
However, in 2018, multiple published medical studies demonstrated the drug was linked to permanent and irreversible visual conditions.
Despite this information, the drug maker did not warn consumers, physicians, or pharmacists of this problem.
Men and women with vision loss from Elmiron are suing Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The lawsuits demand settlement compensation payouts for your damages.
You may be able to sue the drug company that makes and sells Elmiron. If you were a long-term user of Elmiron and suffered vision damage, including maculopathy, you may be eligible for the lawsuit.
Elmiron lawsuits filed by attorneys allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals harmed patients by failing to warn them of the potential complication of vision loss and blindness.
Drug manufacturers are required to put serious complications on-product warning labels so consumers are aware of the medication risks.
Researchers at Emory University investigated the early clinical trials of the prescription from back in the 1990s. They found that almost 2,500 patients who took the drug for up to four years had vision problems.
Despite study results from respected medical institutions, the makers of Elmiron failed to place any warnings on the label. It also did not give information about vision loss to prescribing physicians.
Based upon these factors, many people are suing the Elmiron drug company for the damage to their eyes and vision. You may be able to sue the company as well.
Eligibility Criteria for the Elmiron Drug Lawsuit
For every dangerous drug lawsuit, there is a set of criteria to qualify for a claim.
Currently, the criteria to file a claim is:
- You must have used the prescription medication for a minimum of at least two years.
- Changes in your vision must start while taking Elmiron, or occur and be diagnosed within one year of stopping the use of Elmiron.
If you are unsure whether you meet the criteria or qualify for the case, contact our Elmiron lawsuit lawyers immediately.
The first step is to contact a prescription drug lawsuit attorney to discuss your case. Our experienced lawyers will listen to your story to determine if you meet the case criteria.
If you suffered blindness, vision loss, or maculopathy caused by your use of Elmiron, you are eligible to file a lawsuit or join a class-action lawsuit.
Our legal team will request all of your medical records to support your case. These records will prove that you were prescribed the drug and took the dosages prescribed by your doctor.
The records will also show that your vision loss cannot be attributed to other medical conditions. Your specific eye damage will also be confirmed by the chart.
We will also get your pharmacy records. These records prove that you took the medication and the length of time it was prescribed to you.
Once we have full medical support to prove your claim, we will file your lawsuit to demand compensation for your condition.
Should I Call an Elmiron Attorney?
Although you could try to file your own claim, it is very difficult to do so for cases involving drug side effects. Cases from around the entire United States are consolidated in certain regions of the country. Additionally, the courts typically appoint a few law firms as lead counsel for the case.
It is very difficult for a person without legal representation to receive a settlement. If you or a loved one has used this and have experienced vision loss problems, contact our Elmiron lawyers today.